Events

With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Taste of Buffalo, Allentown Art Festival, Garden Walk Buffalo and the National Buffalo Wing Festival to free outdoor music concerts and ethnic food festivals of every stripe, our special events and festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.



Upcoming Events › Downtown

Building Buffalo

Tuesday, Nov. 21st - Saturday, Mar. 31st
Free; 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM Mon-Sat, until 8:00 PM Thurs

This new exhibit at the library’s Central branch: Buildings From Books, Books From Buildings, focuses on an outstanding collection of rare and exquisitely illustrated books encompassing the history of architecture and landscape design from the late 15th through mid-20th Century. These served as an educational resource and inspiration for generations of architects who created the built treasures Buffalo celebrates today. These are, in short, the books that helped build buildings.

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Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art

Tuesday, Nov. 21st - Saturday, Jan. 6th
M-F: 9 AM-8 PM, Sat: 10-5 PM, Sun: 10-3 PM

Place Relations is a new programming initiative that will take shape as an ongoing exhibition and performance series exploring notions of cultural identity from a variety of places around the world. The inaugural iteration Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant Garde Art features a shifting roster of artists from Israel whose rotating work will be placed in a series of conversations with one another.  In addition to the many full scale gallery installs, there will be additional film screenings and other related programming throughout the run of the exhibition.

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Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I

Tuesday, Nov. 21st - Thursday, Nov. 21st
Free; Starting: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 8:30-6; Thurs 8:30-8; Sun 12-5

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, this exhibit looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war. Central to this exhibition is the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, representing some of the finest graphically designed war propaganda from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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The Nutcracker

Saturday, Nov. 25th - Sunday, Dec. 3rd
$19 - $50; Sat: 8 PM, Sun. 2 PM

The magic of the holiday season begins with the Nutcracker.  Come celebrate a very special performance of the holiday classic with the American Academy Nutcracker.  This production is a Western New York favorite, and Buffalo’s longest running production of the show.  The charm of this production is its child friendly approach.  Choreographed to delight children of all ages, there are surprises tucked into every scene.

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World’s Largest Disco

Saturday, Nov. 25th
$77.50; 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

You won’t want to miss this event, voted “The Greatest Event on Earth”, by Festivals.com.  Join 7,000 others for this giant retro dance party, on the largest dance floor in NYS – with 500,000 watts of sound and light! 

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Makers & Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market

Saturday, Nov. 25th

Makers: Western New York’s best small businesses, shops, and vendors will be taking over for a day of shopping local. Explore each gorgeous room and hallway throughout the first floor of the Hotel Lafayette and support some of our best locally owned shops and people.

Shakers: Who says shopping needs to be boring? Enjoy a live DJ, beer/wine/cocktails, AND a Bloody Mary Bar plus a variety of food for purchase.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

Thursday, Jan. 1st

Head to Shea’s 710 Theatre for this live radio play. Adapted by Joe Landry, produced by Road Less Traveled Productions, and directed by John Hurley.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play

Thursday, Nov. 30th - Sunday, Dec. 10th
Thurs-Sat: 7:30 PM, Sun: 2:00 PM

This holiday season spend a little time in Bedford Falls by being a part of the studio audience at WBFR’s 1946 Christmas Eve radio broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life (based on the Frank Capra movie). Five actors and a foley artist perform all the voices, music, singing, and sound effects from the most beloved Christmas movie of all time.

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Canalside Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, Dec. 1st
Free; 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Join in the 7th annual Holiday Celebration! This free, family-friendly event takes place at the Ice at Canalside just off the Erie Canal Harbor Station on the Metro Rail!  This year’s event will include children’s activities, visits with Santa, food trucks, open skating, and live entertainment.  *Open skate cost: $6 for ages 13+, $5 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under

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Artists Market

Artists Market

Thursday, Jan. 1st
Free Admission

Tis the season to celebrate local artists at A City of Buffalo Artists Market!  Over 55+ local vendors will be in the lobby of the Ellicott Square Building for this  holly, jolly holiday market. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, don’t think twice – browse local these artists’ creations.  The wide variety of local shops and artists will allow shoppers to take care of a few gifts or cross all the names off their list.

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